Paul Tuthill

Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston.  He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester.  Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011.  Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.

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         Criminal justice reforms are expected to be debated in the Massachusetts legislature during the two-year session that began this month.  Already, one bill has been filed at the request of a mayor who says rules about bail need to change to keep violent criminals off the streets.

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       Massachusetts Health Quality Partners today reported the results of its latest statewide patient experience survey.

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For the first time in five years, Massachusetts is offering financial help to build new public libraries.  Demand for the money is expected to be high.

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   A western Massachusetts jail was put on lockdown and searched from top to bottom Tuesday at the direction of the new Hampden County Sheriff. 

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is holding a post-election town hall in Springfield tomorrow evening.

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After years of delay and false starts, plans have been unveiled in Springfield, Massachusetts for a permanent 9/11 memorial that will include a piece of steel from the destroyed World Trade Center.

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       A developer is being sought to purchase and restore one of the most unique buildings in western Massachusetts.  Historic preservationists are offering a financial incentive from a pot of casino money.

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    A weekend of events commemorating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr. 90 years ago is under way in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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        The American Friends Service Committee of western Massachusetts will hold its 33rd Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration Monday in Northampton.

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      Developers are being sought to buy and restore one of the most unusual buildings in western Massachusetts.

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       A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week. 

       Christina Royal is just the fourth president in the 70-year history of Holyoke Community College. She is the first woman to hold the office.  

       Royal spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

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     A community college in western Massachusetts welcomed a new president this week.

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     The new president of the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts says improving police-community relations is his top priority.

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The year began with a tragedy in Holyoke, Massachusetts.

A fire that was reported just before 9 a.m. New Year’s Day swept through a five-story apartment building.

Three people died and almost 50 people were left homeless.  Many of the tenants fled wearing only pajamas and all their possessions were destroyed.    More than a week after the devastating fire, efforts continue to help the victims.  

WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Holyoke Mayor Alex Morse.               

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The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is hoping to raise $100,000 to help the victims of a deadly New Year’s Day apartment building fire. 

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   As Massachusetts combats the opioid addiction crisis, peer-to-peer recovery programs are growing and seeking state funding.

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       Hampden County Sheriff Michael Ashe retired this month after 42 years on the job. 

         The longest-serving elected sheriff in Massachusetts history leaves a legacy of innovative programs for inmate rehabilitation that became national models.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Ashe.

The city council in Springfield, Massachusetts Monday will consider a moratorium on marijuana stores.

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    There’s fallout from the surprise move by the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts to announce plans to hire a new fire chief.

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     Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has announced she is running for re-election next year in Massachusetts.

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Massachusetts farmers are national leaders in direct sales to consumers, according to data from the first extensive national survey of local food sales.

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      The elected board that oversees the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts held its first meeting of the year Tuesday.

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The longest-serving elected sheriff in Massachusetts history officially retires Wednesday.

      There are clouds over the futures of the top public safety leaders in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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One of the world’s biggest companies moved its headquarters from Connecticut to Massachusetts in 2016.  Construction began in earnest on the MGM casino in Springfield.

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Massachusetts legislators have voted to delay the opening of retail marijuana stores for six months – from January to the summer of 2018.

   A serious rift opened between the mayor of Springfield, Massachusetts and the city council in 2016 over the issue of police supervision.  It threatened to pit the city’s executive and legislative branches against each other in court.

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The agenda has been announced for the annual organizational meeting of the Springfield City Council. It includes the swearing-in of a new council president.

         The increasingly cashless society came to interstate highway travel in Massachusetts this year, while multimillion dollar transportation projects forged ahead.

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This was an unforgettable year in politics.  The presidential election that defied polls and pundits dominated the nation’s focus, while voters in Massachusetts made history through a ballot referendum.

Massachusetts in 2016 became the latest state to legalize marijuana.

Although it was opposed by most of the state’s political establishment including the Republican governor and Democratic attorney general, voters overwhelmingly approved Question 4 to make it legal  for  adults over age 21 to use, possess, and grow small amounts of marijuana.

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